Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

Rich and moist cake on top, hot fudge on the bottom!

If you’re following me on Instagram by any chance, you may have caught a glimpse of how excited I am to share this Hot Fudge Pudding Cake on the blog today.  If you’re not following me on Instagram, you can go do that because I want the excuse to chill here and eat some more of this cake until you come back.  On second thought, maybe don’t go because I’m not sure that I need to eat any more cake after this weekend…(yikes).

I decided to make this cake after receiving a Father’s Day request for a “20-layer chocolate cake”.  I was a little concerned that a 20-layer cake wouldn’t fit through the door (or in my car for that matter), so I settled on this cake instead.  I’m pretty sure it hit the spot.

Jump to Recipe!

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The chocolate and fudge you see here reaches a level of amazingness that almost puts you into a sugar coma, and after consuming it your system may need a week-long detox (you’ve been warned).

I was rather concerned about my pictures turning out ok, because it was cloudy and rainy yesterday when I was trying to take photos.  These are the best I could do considering the lighting circumstances, and while I don’t feel like they do the cake justice, they will have to be ok because I’m not making this again for awhile (it’s just too dangerous).

The recipe is one that my mom received from someone we used attend church with years ago.  I’ve seen and tried a couple of other versions of it that I’ve seen floating around the internet, but this one is still my favorite.

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Don’t let the initial appearance deceive you.  It looks like a plain, uninteresting cake, but the super sweet, moist, chocolaty cake layer on top is hiding a layer of hot fudge pudding underneath that is just incredibly good.

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Wait for it…

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Strange, in each picture the spoon appears to be moving closer to my mouth (not sure what’s going on there).

The ingredients for this cake are very basic and therefore almost always on hand, so this dessert is a go-to for me if we’re having company and I want to make something special but don’t feel like running to the grocery store.

Hope you all enjoy it as much as we did!

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

  • Servings: 8-10
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Cake Layer:

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups unbleached, all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla

Hot Fudge Layer:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 cups hot water


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Lightly grease 13×9 pan or baking dish with cooking spray.

Cake Layer:  In large mixing bowl, stir together sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt until well combined.  Beat in milk, butter, and vanilla until smooth.  Pour batter into prepared baking dish.

Hot Fudge Layer:  In medium bowl, stir together sugar, brown sugar, and cocoa powder until combined.  Sprinkle mixture over cake batter layer in baking dish.  Pour hot water evenly over the top.  Do NOT stir!!

Bake for 35-40 minutes.  Top layer will look firm around the edges and middle but cake will not appear set due to hot fudge layer underneath; that’s ok!  Remove from oven and let stand for 10 minutes before serving.  Serve with ice cream if desired.

~K in the Kitchen


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